Saturday, 10 March 2018

Dry Embossed Vellum

Hello, Crafters. 

YAY! It's the weekend again! Although I work from home, I still love the weekend!

Yes, I know! I'm creeping back towards pink again, but in all fairness, I have been working with orange most of the day. 

I've been working on my "prototype" card for Sunday's video, and as much as I don't like orange, I really don't like to waste it! 

It took five attempts to get the measurements right for Sunday's project, and each time it was wrong, it was a wasted card base. 

To keep the amount of wasted cardstock to a minimum, I used my guillotine to rescue as much as possible, that I could put in my scrap bag! 

Eventually I succeeded with the measurements, and went on the finish my project. 

By this time I had moved onto Peekaboo Peach, another non-orange orange! 

Now my prototype has been accepted by my very critical eyes, today I'll be preparing, making, uploading, and editing Sunday's video. 

In the middle of this I'll be taking a couple of hours off to get my nails done!

I was using the Petal Passion Bundle for my video project, and carried on using it for today's card. 

The technique I knew I was going to use is dry embossed Vellum Cardstock (CS), which although beautiful, does present its own problems e.g. where to put the glue to adhere the layer to the card!

To start my card I took a layer of our Vellum CS, and dry embossed it using the stunning Dynamic Basket Weave Embossing Folder. 

The effect is stunning, but I couldn't decide if I wanted to use the embossed, or the debossed side. 

To see the embossed side at its best, it had to be titled to see the basket weave pattern, whereas on the debossed side, the pattern is of small squares, and it looks great in all directions! 

I left it on the side while I worked on the other elements, which included stamping the three roses plus leaves image, and colouring with the Sweet Sugarplum and Emerald Envy Marker Pens. 

I knew I wanted to use a doily, but couldn't decide on which size Stitched Shape Circle die I wanted to use for the sentiment, i.e. number 2 or number 3? 

Once I'd decided on this I'd be able to choose a sentiment, so I approached it from a different angle, and picked out two for each size circle. 

Once I'd stamped and die cut them both, I was able to play with the placement of each to see which one I liked best! 

Then my thoughts turned to the problem of adhering the corners of the Vellum CS.

I wondered if we had a die, or a punch that would give me small decorations that I could put in each of the four corners, rather like the stamp from the Hold onto Hope Stamp Set that I've been using recently.
The closest dies I found were a single sprig of leaves - I wondered if I could use  two together at right angles with each other - and also a single flower, which is what I used. 

This allowed me to use a Glue Dot in each corner, hidden by the Basic Pearls I put in the centre of the flowers. 

When I came to put all the elements together, I had decided to adhere the Vellum CS the right way round, but wasn't concentrating and put it on backwards - definitely a happy mistake. I think it looks super like this!

Inside the card I added a layer of Whisper White CS with a layer of Sweet Sugarplum CS.

On the top layer, I stamped the corner stamp I referred to earlier, in each corner, and then I adhered the larger sentiment I'd also made earlier but not used.

On the whole, I'm pleased with my finished card, especially with the wrong side of Vellum CS, but I'm not sure that flowers in the corner works. What do you think - your feedback will be greatly appreciated? ☺

I hope you have a super relaxed weekend. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. I absolutely love this sweet card, Jan, as I do everything you make. I think the flowers in each corner are fine and add to the card. The sugarplum color us a beautiful one to use for this project. Like you, I'm not an orange person either, but I've fallen in love with calypso coral and I think it's because of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP which has that awesome flower patterned paper with the calypso coral in it which is my favorite. I have it on my must buy list before June. I look forward to your card projects daily! Have a great weekend creating!!

    1. I so appreciate your support, Jan, thank you. I will be sorry to see Sweet Sugarplum retire on 31st May, but I keep reminding myself we'll have five new colours coming in! It's very rare I like all five new InColours, but there's always at least one I think is really gorgeous. Last year was the exception! I love all five 2017 - 2019 InColours! LOL! ☺☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Jan it is a beautiful card with a lovely central image. I don't think there is the need for the flowers at each corner necessarily. Thank you for sharing this with us crafters. :O)

    1. Hi, Lorraine. Many thanks for your feedback. ☺ Now that I've looked at this card so much, I think it would look bare without the stars! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. I'm getting to this a bit late but I love this stamp set, and I just love what you've done with the vellum embossed layer in the background ... what a great effect it is! I'm not sure that I'd worry about the corners showing Jan. Stick a glue dot down and I seriously doubt what shows would amount to much when viewing the total. I do it all the time and don't worry about it. You've done a great camouflage job with the wee flowers, however ... it's a very pretty card! Think that background just 'makes it'! TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I think the Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder is the best ever, and I'm so pleased it's being brought forward in the new Annual Catalogue! I'm pleased you like this project. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.